Here’s a project I feel very strongly about.
The Navajo Nation is pretty desperately poor. If you’ve ever driven across northern Arizona, you know what I mean. The standards of living there aren’t keeping up with the rest of the US. And unlike many tribes that rely on the income from oil contracts, or gambling, they don’t have too many sources of income. A few months ago I stumbled across a little shop that was selling beautiful yarn from the rafters. Sheep are a traditional way of life for the Navajo, and they spin this gorgeous yarn from some of their herds. I bought several hanks, and got the impression that I was the first person to have bought yarn in quite a while. I was really impressed by the quality of the wool, the variety of the colors, and the price (just $6.25 a hank). If I had to guess, I would say that it’s spun at a worsted weight.
I’m going to be buying all of my yarn from them from now on. Not only is a great value, it’s also a great way to support people who could really use our support. And you can be proud knowing that it’s a truly American product! I called the store when I got home and they said that you can call and order directly from them, if you’re interested. I’ve attached the color card that I was given here – the colors are as close as I could get them, but if you call they will send you a color card in the mail as well.
It’s not a terribly high-tech system, but you can just call and ask to buy the yarn. The business is called the Cameron Trading Post, and the phone number is 928.679.2231. Let me know if you’d like any clarification on colors or anything, and thanks for supporting the Navajo and their lifestyle!